All Genres: Film-Noir, Drama, Thriller
Release Year: 1955
Rating: 8.6 (0)
Director: William Wyler
Writing by: Joseph Hayes – (novel)
Joseph Hayes – (play)
Joseph Hayes – (screenplay)
Produced by: Robert Wyler – associate producer
William Wyler – producer
Cast: Humphrey Bogart – Glenn Griffin
Fredric March – Dan C. Hilliard
Arthur Kennedy – Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard
Martha Scott – Eleanor Ellie Hilliard
Dewey Martin – Hal Griffin
Gig Young – Chuck Wright
Mary Murphy – Cindy Hilliard
Richard Eyer – Ralphie Hilliard
Robert Middleton – Sam Kobish
Alan Reed – Detective
Bert Freed – Tom Winston (deputy with Bard)
Music: Gail Kubik
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Plot Outline: Glen, Hal and Sam are three escaped convicts who move in on and terrorize a suburban household.
Plot: After escaping from prison, Glenn Griffin, his brother Hal and a third inmate Sam Kobish randomly select a house in a well-to-do suburb of Indianapolis in which to hide out. The home belongs to the Hilliard family, Dan and Ellie who live there with their 19-year old daughter Cindy and their young son Ralph. They plan on staying only until midnight as Griffin is awaiting his girlfriend who will meet them with some money he had stashed away. When she doesnt arrive, their stay stretches out to several days. Dan Hilliard plays their game knowing that if he makes any attempt to contact the police, his family could be caught in the crossfire.
Crazy Credits: We know about 2 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
Final credit (copyright notice): “…violators will face severe civil and criminal penalties and the wrath of the Tall Man.”
Goofs: We know about 4 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: Before Glenn asks Eleanor if she could make a phone call without crying, he puts his left hand in his pocket. When she stands up and walks to the phone, he puts the same hand in the pocket again.
Trivia: There are 8 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Fredric Marchs part was intended for Spencer Tracy, a good friend of Humphrey Bogarts, but neither Tracy nor Bogart was willing to concede top billing to the other.
- The exterior of the house used in the film is the same set used as the Cleaver home in the TV series "Leave It to Beaver" (1957).
- Humphrey Bogarts last tough-guy role.